El-Sisi wins Egypt election with 92 percent: state media

EGP 500 Fine for Not Voting in Egypt's Elections

EGP 500 Fine for Not Voting in Egypt's Elections

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has won re-election as Egypt's president, according to preliminary results reported by a number of state media outlets, showing the former army general winning 92 percent of the vote. It said between 23 and 25 million people had voted, out of an electorate of 59 million.

There are about 60 million eligible voters in Egypt. Opposition groups had called for a boycott of this week's vote which they labelled a facade.

Moussa, a little-known politician who is himself a supporter of the president, registered immediately before the close date for applications, saving the election from being a one-horse race.

Egypt's incumbent president has been elected for a second term after winning nearly 92% of votes, according to preliminary results.

The incumbent president received 96.0 percent of the vote in his first election in 2014, a year after Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, was overthrown as president in a military coup.

A source told Al-Ahram that 5% of the ballots had been spoiled, including by voters inserting the names of candidates not among the two approved.

The three-day election concluded on Wednesday.

Authorities were keen to ensure a higher turnout this time around as Sisi saw attendance at polls as a referendum on his popularity and was seeking a strong mandate to fight militants and push through tough economic reforms.

Mr Sisi hailed the participation of Egyptians in the polls on Wednesday night, saying it reflected "the greatness of the country". However, the official results are scheduled to be announced on 2 of April.

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